Tom Petty Doesn’t Want to Be a Human Jukebox
Tom Petty is scheduled to spend much of the next month on the road with the Heartbreakers, including a multi-night stand at the Henry Ford Theatre in Los Angeles and a high-profile appearance at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee. But fans familiar with Petty’s regular set lists may not hear all the hits they’re used to.
“I was feeling that [our show was getting stale],” Petty recently told Rolling Stone. “We felt kind of obligated to play all the most popular songs, because people pay so much for tickets. But I want to play some of these other songs, rather just get trapped into what people expect.”
Instead of all the usual hits, expect Petty to bust out some of his favorite, lesser-known jams. “I’ve written a lot of good songs that weren’t released as singles,” he said, citing ‘Nightwatchman’ and ‘When the Time Comes’ as a couple of the songs that may find their way into the set lists. ‘I’d rather be known for that then for making lots of hits.”
In other words, Petty said he’s not onstage to serve as a human jukebox. “I could be a jukebox, but I don’t want to be,” he said. “I just feel like we have more to offer.”